What is your name and role within Ghost Caravan?
My name is Shaina Silver-Baird and I am the lead singer and songwriter.
Where are you currently based and what is the music scene like there?
I am based in Toronto and the music scene is thriving and very eclectic. You can find a show in any genre you want any day of the week. One of the things I Iove about my music community is that many of the musicians work in multiple genres and on multiple projects. So you end up getting a lot of cross contamination and genre blurring that creates some really exciting sounds.
Please tell us about how your music has evolved since being in Ghost Caravan:
When I started the project I was so focused on being dark, showing my heartbreak and pain in order to be a “real artist.” But, I started to realize we don’t actually need more of that in the world. We need to be uplifted. We need to be able to access our murky depths, but we don’t need to stew in them. I want to empower people. I want to make them dance and make them smile. So my music is still about those dark places, but I focus on finding the light in them and celebrating the magic in the world. I’m focused not on the moment of despair, but the moment right after, the realization of your own strength and beauty and ability to move forward. Loving when it is hard… that’s heroic. That’s what I want to represent in my music.
Ghost Caravan is the music you turn up with girlfriends before a night on the town, the music you make love to, the music for the highs and lows of life.
I specifically want to be proud to share any of my songs with a young woman or girl. I want every message to be one I want them to hear. There are so many voices in the world telling women how they should think and feel about themselves. I want the voice I’m putting out there to celebrate women and lift them up.
How did you first start playing music?
I first started singing because my coach for my Bat Mitzvah was a singer and I started imitating her tone and technique. By the time the day itself came aroun,d I had learned every song in the ceremony and my coach told my parents they needed to get me singing lessons. And so it all began.
Who are you listening to at the moment?
Maggie Rogers, Aurora, Bishop Briggs, Janelle Monae, RALPH
Please tell us about the rest of your band:
Ghost Caravan live strikes a fine balance between electronic tracks and live, organic instruments creating a sound that is cinematic and invigorating. I play with an all female band which is both exciting and eye opening. It is always the first thing people comment on. In 2018 an all female band shouldn’t be such a big deal. When we see an all male band we don’t say: “OMG it’s an all male band!” But because it is still so unusual to play with all women, I’m going to celebrate it.
Robin Hatch plays keys (3 different keyboards to be exact) and sings backup, Michelle Faehrmann plays a 5-string, electric cello and sings back ups and Sarah Riegler plays drums. Each member brings a wealth of different experience which creates a really cool sound: Robin (classical piano and pop/rock keyboard); Michelle Faehrmann (classical and folk strings) and Sarah Riegler (Afrohaus).
How did Ghost Caravan form?
Ghost Caravan was born out of a one off performance I did at a Tribute Concert for Martha and the Muffins. One of my producers, Matt Fudge, did an electronic, dark soul cover of one of their songs and it was one of those magical moments when something just clicked. My manager Graham Stairs and I started developing the project after that and so began a couple years of songwriting, creating and collaborating with various artists to create Ghost Caravan.
What do you like to do outside of music?
I’m an actor as well so I love working in theatre or on film sets. I’m also a bit of a health nerd so I love cooking and researching food and nutrition, doing yoga and starting dance parties everywhere I can. Spending quality time with friends and family is really important to me, especially the busier my life gets.
What do you have planned for the remainder of 2018 going into 2019?
The full album “T.O. Confidential” drops worldwide digitally this Friday Oct. 12! We’re following it up with a performance at IndieWeek in Toronto on Nov. 8 and we have two more music videos in the works.
And we’re already planning going into the recording studio to record the next EP!
Favourite food and place to hangout?
Favourite food is a toss up between sushi and anything with sweet potatoes. Favourite place to hang out is any great park, like High Park or Trinity Bellwoods in Toronto. I love my greenspace.